Sun coast Aikido is proud to have as its chief instructor Sensei Dennis J. Meno. Sensei Meno currently holds the rank of Shichidan (7th
black belt). Sensei Meno has been training since 1966 and has spent many years training under Yamada Sensei, Kanai Sensei, Tohei Sensei and Chiba Sensei. He has also trained in Japan at Hombu Dojo and participated in the All Japan Aikido Demonstration at the Budokan. Sensei Meno also holds the title Shihan or certified Instructor to Black Belts through (Hombo Dojo) Shinjuku Japan and the United States Aikido Federation.
Aikido is more than the
of physical techniques; proper etiquette, attitude and behavior are also stressed. The basic movements of Aikido are circular in
. The Aikidoist trains to harmonize with, rather than confront an aggressive line of force and converts it into a circular motion that renders attackers helpless. The Aikidoist trains
various wristlocks, arm pins or unbalancing throws to subdue and neutralize attackers without serious injury. Such practice is done in tandem with learning the art of falling, or "ukemi", which trains the body and mind to receive such techniques in a safe manner. Aikido is not a sport and hence there are no competitive tournaments. Rather, by cooperative training, the Aikidoist betters oneself without belittling others, without the intention of harm or fear of injury. As traditional Japanese budo, Aikido maintains the qualities of martial spirit, effective technique and intense training. This, coupled with the premise of mutual respect and caring, and the important
between attacker and defender, encourages the spirit of O-Sensei’s desire for universal peace.